EyeSpy is a simple and fun googly-eyes toy for the Apple macOS system. Cartoon eyes watch your mouse cursor as it moves about the screen!

EyeSpy includes the ability to Share with Friends! You can easily share cartoon characters via Messages, Twitter, Facebook, Mail, and any other social media sharing service supported by macOS. (This feature was hotly requested by our focus groups).

EyeSpy is available as a free download from the Apple Mac App Store. Additional cartoon eyes are available via In-App Purchase. Available characters include:

• Squeaky —a balloon which can drift on your Desktop
• Chirpy —a cute blue bird
• BeeOncé —a queen bee with a swarm of tiny bee friends
• Barnyard Babies —several cute baby animals including Champ, the baby goat!
• EyeScream —several floating eyes, an homage to the original concept, including Googly eyes, Ping Pong Ball eyes, and various cartoon eyes
• Citron Spies —a viper's set of sassy, tart, and juicy secret agents!

The concept of cartoon eyes following the mouse cursor (as in EyeSpy) enjoys a rich history. The concept appears to have originated in the early days of the first modern graphical windowing systems for computers, possibly as early as 1986. It may have been invented independently by at least two different people.

illumineX introduced EyeSpy, our version of this toy concept, at the turn of the century on the preview versions of Mac OS X. At a time when only 2 million people used Mac OS X, our free toys including EyeSpy and the illumineX Screen Saver PaX had over 200,000 downloads! That's right, in the early days of Mac OS X, roughly 10% of everyone using Mac OS X had spent some time playing with EyeSpy.

EyeSpy is back, better and more fun than ever with a variety of professional cartoon art and more to come.

EyeSpy runs on iMac, Mac Pro, MacBook, MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, Mac Mini, and other Apple computers running macOS 10.12 (Sierra) and newer. EyeSpy is a fully modern all-new implementation for macOS Sierra built with Apple's SpriteKit and CoreAnimation libraries.

What’s New

Version 2.2.6

• Fixes a defect which would sometimes cause a newly purchased character to get stuck for a while before downloading (it could get unstuck if the app were restarted)
• Stops showing the "on boarding" cartoon bubble if a new character has been selected.
• Improves the robustness of the IAP character store.

Ratings and Reviews

4.5 out of 5
8 Ratings

8 Ratings

Gary W. Longsine ,

EyeSpy is way more fun than it should be

Full disclosure: I'm the founder of illumineX, the maker of EyeSpy. The attention to detail in this little toy is insane. We created it like SpaceX builds rockets: build and fly! Over and over. The most common reaction we get is that it's more fun than people expected. We hope you enjoy playing with EyeSpy as much as we enjoyed making it.

Raman Pfaff ,

fun, but crashes

It works fine with the standard “eyes,” but when I try to change the character, it crashes every single time. But the eyes are fun. Very old school.

Developer Response ,

hi Raman! We had some trouble reproducing this issue, but I think we finally found and fixed it. Please let us know if EyeSpy 2.2.2 fixes this issue for you, or not. Thank you!

Ellie Roses ,

Bug Fixxxx

Bought the ballon characters and it never loaded, now is not avalible to even see or use :(


illumineX, Inc.
22.3 MB

macOS 10.12 or later, 64-bit processor


English, Japanese

Age Rating
In-App Purchases
  1. BeeOncé $0.99
  2. Barnyard Babies ArtPaX $0.99
  3. Citron Spies ArtPaX $0.99


  • Family Sharing

    With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.

More By This Developer